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Erosion Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) The primary objectives of an erosion control system are to immediately arrest sediment loss by stabilizing the shoreline or hillside and re-establish native aquatic plants and upland vegetation. Proper vegetation with hearty root systems serve to protect shorelines and hillsides from erosion. Healthy vegetation also provides the natural buffering and filtering needed to ensure clean waterways and healthy aquatic eco-systems. The erosion control industry promotes a set of generally accepted guidelines called Best Management Practices (BMPs). Most governing agencies and municipalities have formalized BMPs that must be adhered to when conducting erosion management or restoration activities. These must also be followed to mitigate the risk of erosion during construction or related activities. BMPs may vary from state to state and among the many governing agencies. However, the following BMPs are usually widely accepted and followed.
1. Preserve existing native vegetation near all waterways.
2. Divert upland run-off around exposed soil.
3. Seed/mulch/cover bare soil immediately.
4. Use sediment barriers to trap soil run-off.
5. Protect slopes and channels from gullying.
6. Install sediment traps and settling basins.
7. Erosion control devices must:
7.1. Provide strength and integrity to support newly established vegetation.
7.2. Wick and retain water and nutrients to effectively support the health of newly established vegetation.
7.3. Allow for safe ingress and egress zones for wildlife and aquatic life.
7.4. Contain appropriate organic material that is safe, effective and biodegradable while causing no additional contamination.
7.5. Filtrate invasive nutrients and pollutants to protect the water quality. SHORESOXTM is dedicated to the highest BMP standards. In fact, we’ve gone beyond the commonly accepted BMPs. SHORESOXTM also adheres to the following premiere BMPs: • Erosion control devices must be securely attached to the shore bank. They must possess the ability to add tension to the system, as necessary, in the event the device settles. Devices that do not allow periodic re-tensioning may settle from the bank prematurely, causing newly developed roots and plants to tear or separate from the device.
• During these challenging economic times, we must also maximize the cost-effectiveness of available erosion control solutions. Adhering to all these BMPs will result in effective, beautiful and affordable environmental restoration, without costly replacement or maintenance.